rotten wood

1) A not uncommon term in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, possibly for wood that was partly decayed but useful at least for firewood.

1677 a sacke fill’d with rotten wood and straw, Quarmby

1686 there was laid on her house side to dry betwixt two or three strokes of rottnewood, Golcar. However, it had a valuation in some inventories and was brought to clothiers in Wakefield as cargo: 1696 in Rotten Wood Ł1 11s, Holmfirth

1759 things … that comes up bye watter are … plaister, iron, rotten wood, Wakefield. It was evidently used in the domestic cloth industry, so it should be noted that Wright lists it as an ingredient in dyeing, albeit without examples.

dates 1677 1696 1759

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